POTSDAM -- The dance floor at La Casbah was packed last Friday evening in support of the Dancers Against Cancer Zumbathon, as more than $1,000 was raised to benefit the construction of Canton Potsdam Hospital’s new cancer treatment center and for Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
Zumba instructors June Peoples, Kim French, Alisah Todd and Stephanie Plaisted led two hours of fast-paced, high energy dancing to Latin and international music with Ben Todd serving as DJ for the event. Participants wore colors representing the various cancer awareness ribbons to show support and unity. The entire crowd danced and cheered from start to finish.
The event was especially meaningful to Kim French and Alisah Todd, who have had family members with cancer. “Both of my parents received their treatment from Canton Potsdam Hospital and were assisted by Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley,” said Kim French. “The Zumbathon gave me an opportunity to give something back to two organizations that are very close to my heart.”
“It was a fantastic night,” said Alisah Todd. “I’ll remember the spirit, enthusiasm and good will of all the participants for a long time to come.”